Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing - Monogram 1/12 Kit

I’m sure that this build will surprise a few of you, knowing that my stash and build list is 90% Chevy, but there’s a story and a personal connection here. This will be a nostalgia and “In Memoriam” build for me.
About 45 years ago my father asked me to help him build a new model kit that he had just bought. Up until then I had just sat and watched as he built and hand-painted his truck models, occasionally I was allowed to sort out the sprues or even trim some parts off. When he put this kit on the bench and asked me to cut the seals and open it up, I was over the moon! This was the first kit that I actually played a major role in building, I was about 7 or 8 years old. I remember it was white with a red interior, the doors opened and the wheels turned and I was in heaven! Where it ended up I have no idea, lost over time as my parents moved house, divorced etc.
I have been looking around for this kit for years now (at the right price that is!), to have another go at it, and thanks to a Facebook Buy/Swap/Sell group, I found this about 12 months ago and stashed it away.
Most of the parts are off the sprues, but from what I can see it is complete, unstarted and undamaged.
I am aware of the inaccuracies and problems, I believe that it was originally a Renwall kit from the mid-60’s, but I am just so happy to have one in the stash now.
My father passed away on September 11, 2017. The cancer finally won the battle after many years of ups and downs. My plan is to make a start on building the kit on this coming September 11, and finish it 12 months later on the fifth anniversary of his passing. All I will do in the meantime is a full inventory of parts to confirm what is there, and to see what I might be up against.

As you can see, a lot of the parts are off the sprues, but nothing major seems to be missing. The clear parts and rubber tyres are still in their original sealed bags and look to be undamaged and undeteriorated.

I will do some searching for build reviews and information online and build a picture of possible trouble spots. From what I have read already there are some major inaccuracies, especially in the engine bay, but this project is not about building a precise replica.

Part 2 of my nostalgia trip will be over on Aeroscale. The first kit that my father bought for me to go solo on was the Airfix Short Stirling in 1/72 scale. We went to see the original Midway movie when it was released in the mid-70’s, and that sparked an interest in WWII aircraft that hasn’t dulled to this day.
I managed to pick up a pre-loved unstarted kit in the original boxing from when I first built it, and I can’t wait to get started on both of these classics!

Cheers, D

Your Mercedes 300 SL surely will be one very special build for a very special reason.

I’m looking forward to following it from start to finish.


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I will be following along. I saw a Tamiya 1/24 version for sale in the LHS and was tempted but passed but in 1/12 scale that would be an interesting project.


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While I build mostly race cars, I’ve also had my eye on the Tamiya Mercedes 300SL Gullwing right along with the Mclaren Mercedes Gullwing. Either one would make an incredible 1/12 scale kit.


The fact that these are in memory of and nostalgia builds makes them epic … Will be watching this

I see now its the model factory hero kit.

I’ve read it is quite a challenge to build, but I’m sure you can solve what ever, issues, there might be.

I have the old Revell boxed version; I’ll wait to build mine, until you’ve finished yours. Let you come up with all the right solution’s :grin:

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@Hwa-rang, very kind of you sir! :unamused:

Well last night I did a full run-through of the instructions and inventory of parts, and found one part AWOL.

I’m fairly sure I can manage to fabricate something to keep the hood open! :grin:

Just working through the sprues and sorting the parts took me right back to when I would pull the car down off the shelf and go through the same routines, opening and closing the doors and operating the steering. All with my father watching closely to make sure I was showing due respect.

I really can’t wait to make a start on this one.

Cheers, D

And that certainly takes me back :grinning: My brother and I(Later my sister as well) would take turns to choose which model, our dad should take down, from one of the, many, cabinet shelfs. We would make up imaginary trips, we would go on, in the car and argue who was to sit where.

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September 11, 4 years ago today my dad lost his long-running battle with cancer. This me at about 2 years old with my dad and his dad.

Time to get started on this build, and Part 2 over on Aeroscale!
Short Stirling Nostalgia Build - Airfix 1/72 Original Boxing - Aircraft / World War II - KitMaker Network

Cheers, D